Satellite overtakes cable in Germany

More German households are watching TV via satellite rather than cable for the first time, according to SES’s latest TV Monitor report. At the end of 2011, 17.5 million homes took DTH services, compared to 17.3 million taking cable services. The number of satellite customers increased by 900,000 during the course of the year, while […]

DT tackles digital competition with new unit

Deutsche Telekom has launched a new business unit designed to tap into digital trends and to open up new fields of revenue outside its core business. The Products and Innovation unit, headed by Thomas Kiessling, will focus on six business segments – communication services, media/entertainment, cloud services, advertising, advertising business/e-commerce and payment services. The media/entertainment […]

Swisscom to wholesale IPTV platform in Germany

Swisscom is planning to offer its IPTV service in neighbouring Germany on a wholesale basis. The Swiss telco will offer its platform to German municipal utilities that provide internet services and to local cable operators, according to IPTV product manager Klaus Pilz. Pilz told the Infosat website that Swisscom would target small ISPs that until […]

Kabel BW launches package aimed at analogue satellite viewers

German cable operator Kabel BW has launched a new package to attract former satellite TV viewers unhappy with the cessation of analogue broadcasts via satellite. The Action package from Kabel BW gives viewers access to analogue and digital channels as well as a free HD receiver. In total, Action package customers will have access to […]

Deutsche Telekom mulling assault on football rights

German telco Deutsche Telekom is planning a serious assault on rival Sky Deutschland’s hold on Bundesliga football rights, according to local press. According to press reports, Telekom wants to bid not only for IPTV rights it currently holds but also for satellite rights, following the launch of the satellite version of its Entertain TV service. […]

Sky Deutschland to get capital injection

News Corp has committed to boosting the capital of pay TV operator Sky Deutschland, which posted strong year-end results yesterday, by a further €300 million. Sky will receive €100 million in March either via a private placement, a shareholder loan or a mix of both. Sky will get a further injection of €200 million by […]

Sky Deutschland reaches three million in successful year

Sky Deutschland has passed the three million-subscriber mark. Announcing its full year results, the German pay TV operator said it added 359,000 net customers last year, ending December with a total of 3,012,000. The operator also improved its customer retention with churn decreasing to 11% from 16% in 2010. Take up of Sky’s Premium HD […]

Kabel BW merger faces opposition

German telco and pay TV operator Deutsche Telekom and pay TV service provider NetCologne have filed an appeal against the merger between Kabel BW and Unitymedia. The companies have filed an appeal with the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf against the country’s Federal Cartel Office, which approved the merger. Deutsche Telekom and NetCologne claim that […]

Kabel BW launches CI Plus module

Kabel BW is launching a CI Plus module. The German cable operator will begin offering the module from February 1 for €3.50 per month for a minimum contract period of 24 months. It will give users access to Kabel BW’s SD and HD channels as well as the Sky Deutschland channels offered via its cable […]

Vodafone Germany eyes cable partnership

Vodafone Germany is eyeing a deal with a local cable operator as it looks to expand its business. Stephan Zimmermann, head of wholesale, Vodafone Germany, told delegates at the Euroforum conference in Cologne, that it was looking to strike a network access partnership with at least one major German cabler. It would look to roll […]